Major rally held in Galveston

December 17, 2008 4:25:52 PM PST
A rally was held in Galveston on Wednesday in support of the University of Texas Medical Branch and the 3,000 people who recently lost their jobs.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The rally was organized to protest the decision by UTMB to downsize its workforce and operations in Galveston in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

Members of the Texas State Employees Union and the Coalition To Save UTMB are calling on UT's Board of Regents to reverse their decision to close a huge part of the UTMB Hospital in Galveston. Protesters were also demanding the Board to rebuild and restore full services at the hospital.

In addition to the rally, a special interest group is suing the Board. The Texas Faculty Association along with a current professor at UTMB, a former Galveston council member, and a local business owner all accused the Board of acting illegally when it met behind closed doors last month and voted in favor of the layoffs.

A similar rally will be held in Austin on Thursday when the Regents start two days of meetings.

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